Mr. Holland’s Opus

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Clint Holland stands above the amphitheater he helped build at Keizer Rapids Park. Events at the amphitheater include a summer concert series and Keizer Homegrown Theater productions. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Clint Holland stands above the amphitheater he helped build at Keizer Rapids Park. Events at the amphitheater include a summer concert series and Keizer Homegrown Theater productions. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

As far as he is concerned, Clint Holland gets too much credit for his projects.

Others don’t necessarily agree.

In recent years, Holland has been closely identified with his pride and joy: the amphitheater at Keizer Rapids Park.

“It’s been a successful program,” Holland said.

Holland first became involved in Keizer projects some 40 years ago when he helped fix up the Keizer Little League Park. This came after fixing up little league fields in Salem – hence the Holland Youth Park.

Over the years, Holland has been widely recognized for his volunteer efforts in Keizer, as evidenced by being named Keizer First Citizen in 2009.

“It was kind of a shock to get that award,” said Holland, a Parks Board member who started a summer concert series in the amphitheater four summers ago. “So many times, I get credit for things that so many other people help me with. A lot of the work, other people do.”

Mike Whittaker is one of those people. Whittaker agrees with Holland – to an extent.

“He’s got a lot of guys that help him regularly,” Whittaker acknowledged. “We’re not looking for credit. He’s not either, but he lines up his buddies. The credit should go to Clint.


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